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BBC News – Dalek Designer Ray Cusick dies aged 84

BBC News Ray Cusick dies aged 84

Ray Cusick, who designed the original Daleks on the BBC’s Doctor Who, dies aged 84

From BBC News…

Doctor Who Dalek designer Ray Cusick dies after illness

Daleks from Dr Who Dr Who first aired in 1963

The designer of the Daleks from the BBC’s Doctor Who has died aged 84 after a short illness, his daughter has said.

Former BBC designer Ray Cusick died of heart failure in his sleep on Thursday, Claire Heawood added.

The Daleks became the iconic villains in cult science fiction series Doctor Who, which is due to mark its 50th anniversary with events this year.

Mr Cusick, from Horsham, West Sussex, leaves two daughters and seven grandchildren, his family said.



  • McGann is the Doctor

    February 28th, 2013 - 1:03pm

    Absolutely, such a scandal.

    Tom Baker brought it up in a DWM interview not so long ago and I was shocked, specially when I found out it was true.

    But hey, the best thing is to be rememberd for it.

  • The Moffat Paradox

    February 27th, 2013 - 8:53pm

    And to think that for his efforts he was paid a one off sum by the BBC in 1963 of £250 or about £4000 and odds in today’s money instead of getting any share of royalties from merchandising.He probably should have been worth a million or three at least for the design.

  • McGann is the Doctor

    February 27th, 2013 - 9:30am

    While I am saddend to hear of his death, I am glad that he will atleast be rememberd as the man who designed the Daleks.

    Terry Nation had the rights, but it was really this man we owed their creation to.

  • Sebatron

    February 26th, 2013 - 10:09am

    Forget Davros, you were the true creator and master of the Dalek Race.
    Rest In Peace.
    You will live on in the Daleks.

  • Foreverdalek2313

    February 26th, 2013 - 9:03am

    Thank you.

  • Dalek Sec

    February 26th, 2013 - 5:39am

    Thats really creepy, i was just thinking about how Cusick should have been more credited for his creations. This man made Doctor Who twice as good as it is, with the best pepperpots in the universe.
    RIP, you shall be immoralized forever along with the supremacy of the Daleks.


    February 25th, 2013 - 8:34am

    I thinking that myself last night. Hope we don’t lose anyone else of great importance to Doctor Who during this 50th Anniversary year.


    February 24th, 2013 - 9:46pm

    R.I.P Ray. How unfortunate you won’t see the 50th Year of your creations. You will never be forgotten.

  • MasterKasterborous

    February 24th, 2013 - 8:47pm

    Just a side note: Ray wasn’t ‘inspired’ by a pepper pot he just used one to demonstrate how he wished for them to move.

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